Pa. House’s $2B no-new-taxes revenue plan could be tough sell

    The thorny question of where to find $2 billion will dominate the upcoming weekend session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

    House members were expected to reconvene in Harrisburg on Saturday amid a three-week budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Senate.

    Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai wants House members to support a no-new-taxes plan to balance a $32 billion spending package. It would authorize the state to borrow some $1.5 billion and siphon hundreds of millions more from off-budget programs.

    It’s not clear whether it’ll pass.

    The borrowing could cut into hospital and health care subsidies. It could also mean diverting money from programs that subsidize the horse racing industry, environmental improvement programs, 911 emergency response systems and public transit agencies.

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